Pi Artworks was founded by Yesim Turanli in 1998. The first gallery is located in Istanbul, but last October Turanli took his work overseas, where a second gallery opened in our very own Fitzrovia on Eastcastle Street. Turanli's aim is to introduce people to contemporary Turkish and international artists. At the moment's Pi Artworks is featuring Steven Morgana, Christian Newby, Lisa Slominski, Theodoros Stamatogiannis, and Farniyaz Zaker in an exhibition called A House is not a Hotel.
In recent years there has been an increase in the number of people who, instead of settling down for the long term, move from home to home on a regular basis. People rent instead of buy or buy, fix-up, and then sell on.
A house is meant to be somewhere people live, put a personal stamp on, and turn into our own private space. But a lot of us seem to treat them more as hotels - a temporary pad to crash while in the area.
The exhibit is open until the 10th September, and explores why this is the case, covering themes such as the price of housing, work commutes, and the desire to keep things new and exciting.